2023-24 Instructional Technology Plan | Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security | Data Privacy and Security | Compliant Software List – Ed Law 2d | Strengthening Student Data Privacy

2023-24 Instructional Technology Plan

Hornell City School District’s instructional technology will provide students with every opportunity to excel academically and contribute to a diverse society as global learners. It is important that all students continue to grow in technology proficiency to meet the Next Generation Learning Standards, to gather information, communicate, solve problems, and become lifelong learners. Educators must combine and integrate technology within new models of teaching, acknowledging and supporting each student’s individual learning style. The use of technology is an essential pathway to:

  • Providing global access to information and content for all
  • Promoting equity among all students
  • Meeting the curricular needs of all students
  • Enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Fostering creativity, innovation, and collaboration
  • Creating opportunities to acquire essential skills for lifelong learning and college and career readiness

Here’s the 2022-23 Instructional Technology Plan.

Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

The Hornell City Central School District is committed to protecting the privacy and security of students, teachers and administrator data. In accordance with Education Law 2-d and Board Policy 7240, the District hereby establishes the following Parent’s Bill of Rights with regard to student data:

(1)  A student’s personally identifiable information will not be sold or released for any commercial purposes.

(2)  Parents have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child’s educational record. Procedures for reviewing student records can be found in BOE Policy 7240.

(3)  Security protocols regarding confidentiality of personally identifiable information are currently in place, and these safeguards adhere to industry standards and best practices. These safeguards include, but are not limited to, data encryption, firewalls, and password protection.

(4)  New York State maintains a complete list of all student data collected by the state and that list is available for public review at or by writing to the Office of Information and Reporting Services, New York State Education Department, Room 863 EBA, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234.

(5)  Parents have the right to file complaints about possible breaches of student data. Such complaints should be addressed in writing to Superintendent Jeremy Palotti, 120 Raider Road, Hornell, NY 14843, 607-324-1302, or

This Bill of Rights will be included with every contract entered into by the District with an outsider contractor if the contractor will receive student, teacher, or administrator data. This Bill of Rights will be supplemented to include information about each contract the District enters into with an outside contractor receiving confidential student, teacher, or administrator data, including the exclusive purpose(s) for which the data will be used, how the contractor will ensure confidentiality and data protection and security requirements, the date of expiration of the contract and what happens to the data upon the expiration of the contract, if and how the accuracy of the data collected can be challenged, where the data will be stored and the security protections that will be taken.

BOE Approved 4/1/2020

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Data Privacy and Security

Hornell City School District is committed to promoting sound information practices and policies that will strengthen data privacy and security in all educational activities, protecting students online, empowering parents with information, and advancing efficient and effective school operations.

The Board of Regents adopted Part 121 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education on January 13, 2020. These rules will implement Education law Section 2-d and provide guidance to educational agencies and their third-party contractors on ways to strengthen data privacy and security to protect student data and annual professional performance review data. 

These Regulations govern the use of student Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in regards to third-party software vendors and platforms. All third-party contractors who collect and store student PII need to have a signed copy of the Hornell City School District Parent’s Bill of Rights, in addition to a Supplement Information Addendum that states publicly why they collect student PII, how it is stored and used, what happens to the collected data upon end of contract terms, and how data will be protected and encrypted. These forms will be posted on the Hornell City School District website for viewing at any time. 

Compliant Software List – Ed Law 2d

Under Education Law 2-d, third-party vendors must establish standards to maintain the privacy and security of student and staff data. Click on the below link to access the privacy policies of the various third-party vendors utilized by the Hornell CSD. 

Strengthening Student Data Privacy

In January 2019, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) proposed regulatory changes to increase information security and privacy measures to safeguard the Personally Identifiable Information (PII)** of students and school personnel. More information is available here.

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